Cup of Jo Favorite Posts

Cup of Jo is a daily lifestyle site for women, founded by Joanna Goddard in 2007. We cover everything from fashion to culture to parenthood, and we strive to be authentic. As Olive Kitteridge said, “There’s no such thing as a simple life.” One thing that sets us apart — and is widely recognized in the industry — is our readers’ incredibly deep engagement and sense of community. One reader told us she was pregnant before telling her husband; another called the site “a wonderful, warm home”; another named her daughter after Joanna. We also loved hearing a reader say that “coming here feels like setting down my keys after a long day.” Here are a few of our favorite posts:

15 Surprising Things About Parenting in Iceland

A single mother of two describes boiled sheep's head and natural pools.

My Boyfriend Weighs Less Than I Do

"He was 20 pounds lighter than I was, and that was nerve-wracking."

Trader Joe’s Breakfast Hack

A delicious breakfast hash made with only Trader Joe's ingredients.

My Beauty Uniform: Samin Nosrat

The Netflix star on thigh chafe spray and her life-changing curly hair products.

How to Write a Condolence Note

My sister shares the kind words that helped her after her husband died.

Behind the Scenes: Making a Magazine Cover

How the funniest and most jawdropping magazine covers happened.

11 Wedding Dos and Don’ts

Real couples share the wedding advice they swear by — from funny vows to pizza parties.

A Secret to a Happy Marriage

Funny advice from a couple after 48 years of marriage.

Trying Out Slow Parenting

Stopping to smell the roses.

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Nutritionist Naudia Jones shares her favorite workwear and how she overcame her stutter.

On Sexual Harassment

"It was just a weird thing that happened, and now it’s over, and I’m fine."

10 Surprising Things About Parenting in Japan

For our Motherhood Around the World series, our second interview features photographer…

Lucy's Apartment Makeover

My Sister’s Home Makeover

My sister Lucy's dramatic home makeover. Here's the before-and-after.

My Beauty Uniform: Felicity Aston

A polar explorer shares the old-school drugstore moisturizer that keeps her skin in amazing shape.

Seven Everyday Clothes I Swear By

Found! The best white T-shirt, flattering jeans and more.

8 Women on Choosing Not to Have Kids

"I have to live authentically, even if it means going against the norm."

Best Reader Comments of All Time

A spotlight on the special conversations that happen in the comment section.

A Seven-Year-Old’s Guide to Surviving Holiday Travel

Toby shares his tips on entertaining kids on flights, choosing rental cars, and packing a snazzy jean jacket.

I Tried the Diva Cup, And Here’s What Happened

What a game changer!

Raising Race-Conscious Children

How to talk to kids about race.

Do or Don’t: Scheduling Sex

So. Alex and I have started a new thing…Once we had a…

John Derian Lives in a Sea Captain’s House

The designer's Provincetown home, full of peeling wallpaper and funny surprises.

Motherhood Mondays: ‘I Had a Stillborn Baby.’

Kate Suddes lives in Portland with her husband Jimmy and daughter June.…

21 Completely Subjective Rules for Raising Teenage Boys

"Pretend you’re tying your shoe so they won’t notice you leaning in to sniff the still-intoxicating smell of their scalp."

Why I Never Feel Alone When I Cook

How writer Kelsey Miller finds comfort in cookbooks, especially Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles.

How to Talk to Kids About Death

10 things I've learned about talking to children about loss.

How Did You Know You Were Ready to Have a Baby?

12 women share how — and why — they decided to have children.

How Old Are You?

What it's feeling like to get older.

One Thing That Has Surprised Me About Parenting

Something weird is happening.

On Female Friendship

The Love Story I Never Thought to Tell

"My female friends are the husbands I thought I'd have by now."

A Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

A Seattle-based security consultant shares her power suit and fun prints.

“I Didn’t Have Sex for the First Two Years of Marriage.”

Why are we not talking about pelvic pain? It's not uncommon.


Do You Have a Not-So-Stranger?

Caroline, on a curious phenomenon.

My Beauty Uniform: Lindy West

Author Lindy West on coral lipsticks, bar soap and reclaiming the word 'fat.'

How to Navigate a Special Needs Encounter

"Because we're not ashamed of our daughter’s differences, we can talk about them openly."

Do You Care About Height When Dating?

Four women talk about being taller than their partners.